Home Archives 2007 September

Monthly Archives: September 2007

0 2157

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hello, my name is David Williams and I am the director of Product Management for Allegro Medical. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a profound meaning for me personally this year as the person that means the most to me in the world was diagnosed with breast cancer in August. We are very fortunate in that this was detected very early during a routine mammogram. The particular type of cancer that she has is undetectable in a self evaluation and could have gone unnoticed for a long time. We are also very grateful that the prognosis for successful treatment is very good because of the type of cancer and the level and stage that it is at.

Her experience has forced me to deal with the shock and pain associated with something that was completely unexpected. I can only imagine what this must be like for my wife or any other person dealing directly with this disease. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to any women or men dealing with breast cancer. I would also like to make a comment to the family, friends and support groups that are there for people with this disease – thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, compassion, and well wishes. You have no idea what it means to know that you are there for us as we fight our way through this tangle of questions and emotions.

It never occurred to me that my healthy wife would be dealing with something like this. She is young, physically fit, and has never smoked. I always thought of this as something that only happens to “other people”. My world has changed from the instant the first conversation occurred in which the dreaded “c-word” was mentioned. That moment on the phone with my wife is both a time that I will never forget and one that I will always try to forget. Questions and confusion instantly exploded in my mind – What does this mean? Why her? What’s next? Will she lose her hair? Does it hurt? Will it hurt? Is there more? Will I be strong enough to support her? What does she need from me right now? My mind was running while my mouth was trying to catch up and find the words to express the support her at that time.

I also discovered that in this journey I have gone from having very little knowledge about breast cancer to having knowing more than ever which can help, confuse, and be often times frightening. The Internet has a tremendous amount of information available but I still found it helpful to work closely with the doctors and ask them every question I could think of. These discussions have helped us focus our research efforts and stay on the topic. It is almost like looking at it on a step-by-step basis for us to help keep us from getting too far out and getting overwhelmed.

The encouraging news is that the efforts in early diagnosis and improved treatments have been advancing dramatically. Here is some information:

The good news published by the American Cancer Society regarding breast cancer is that deaths from breast cancer have been declining since 1990. These decreases are due to early detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment.

While Breast Cancer awareness, diagnosis and treatment have improved tremendously over the last few years there are some facts that everyone should also be aware of as published by the American Cancer Society

  • 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Estimated 178,480 new cases of breast cancer are expected in 2007
  • Estimated 40,460 deaths are expected in 2007
  • Breast cancer is the most frequent diagnosed cancer in women and ranks 2nd among cancer deaths in women
  • The numbers are a bit staggering even with the good news that treatment is getting better and the survival rate is growing. To put it in perspective you or somebody you care about deeply is likely to be affected by breast cancer in your lifetime. As I said earlier, I never thought I would be dealing with anything like this.

    Here are some of the really helpful websites that we have been reading to find information. They all contain great information on many aspects of breast cancer. Many of the organizations listed below raise the money that supports research to find the cure. Others raise money to immediately help people with breast cancer. Please support them any way you can. Remember, every little bit helps.

    The American Cancer Society is great for information on all types of cancer. They have specific categories so that you can find detailed information on breast cancer. This includes health information, statistics and research. They also include information on how to become involved in support groups. There is much more information on this site to assist you in the management of your experience.

    The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s slogan is “help for today and hope for tomorrow”. They raise money for education and to provide mammograms for those who otherwise cannot afford these tests. The site also includes a great amount of innformation for coping with and understanding an initial diagnosis of breast cancer. This organization was founded by Janelle Hale who is a 26 year survivor.

    The Susan G Komen for the Cure was founded on the promise by Nancy Brinker to her dying sister Susan Koman that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. This mission of this organization is simply “One vision – a world without breast cancer”. The site includes valuable breast cancer information, facts, detection and screening information, treatment information, post treatment information, support, therapies, research and resources.

    Breastcancer.org slogan is “your lifeline for the best medical information about breast cancer”. This site contains lots of great information including details on symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and side effects, research news, recovery and renewal, support, and lowering your risk. This site was very informational while being easy to understand.

    We can all help find the cure. It is easy to participate in breast cancer fund raising events that support detection, treatment, and research. Donations to these organizations are always appreciated. There are many fund raising events that take place locally that support the cause. There are even products that you purchase that result in a portion of the proceeds being donated to various organizations.

    We at Allegro Medical have found some great products that are available which result in a portion of the proceeds being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. These donations support breast cancer education and mammogram financial assistance for women that cannot otherwise afford this test.

  • Allegro Medical has teamed up with Soothsoft to offer an exclusive limited time offer of the Soothsoft Cool Care System Chillow Pak which includes an original Chillow and a ChillowDeluxe w/ 2-way cooling. A $5 donation will be made for each pak that is sold.
  • We also are happy to offer a pink and white shower chair which generates a $5 donation for each unit sold.
  • Here is a unique pink rollator with an embroidered pink ribbon in the seat which results in a $10 donation per rollator sold.
  • Please consider any or all of these great products if this is something that you or someone that you know may need. We are going to continue to look for more manufacturers and suppliers to partner with to raise money that will support the fight against breast cancer.

    Breast cancer and the treatments are unique as the people that are being treated. I have identified products that may be of benefit to those going though treatment. Some products are to help you heal and others are to help you be more comfortable. We will continue to add products to this category as we find new vendors and products. Please feel free to browse our Breast Cancer Awareness Month category on our website.

    I would like to finish this with a personal wish for the very best if you or a loved one is dealing with breast cancer. Remember that you are not alone! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but unfortunately breast cancer doesn’t read the calendar. Remember to support the fight against breast cancer year round.

    Sincerely,

    David Williams,
    Director of Product Management,
    Allegro Medical

    0 901

    Hello, my name is David Williams and I am the director of Product Management for Allegro Medical. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a profound meaning for me personally this year as the person that means the most to me in the world was diagnosed with breast cancer in August. We are very fortunate in that this was detected very early during a routine mammogram. The particular type of cancer that she has is undetectable in a self evaluation and could have gone unnoticed for a long time. We are also very grateful that the prognosis for successful treatment is very good because of the type of cancer and the level and stage that it is at.

    Her experience has forced me to deal with the shock and pain associated with something that was completely unexpected. I can only imagine what this must be like for my wife or any other person dealing directly with this disease. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to any women or men dealing with breast cancer. I would also like to make a comment to the family, friends and support groups that are there for people with this disease – thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, compassion, and well wishes. You have no idea what it means to know that you are there for us as we fight our way through this tangle of questions and emotions.

    It never occurred to me that my healthy wife would be dealing with something like this. She is young, physically fit, and has never smoked. I always thought of this as something that only happens to “other people”. My world has changed from the instant the first conversation occurred in which the dreaded “c-word” was mentioned. That moment on the phone with my wife is both a time that I will never forget and one that I will always try to forget. Questions and confusion instantly exploded in my mind – What does this mean? Why her? What’s next? Will she lose her hair? Does it hurt? Will it hurt? Is there more? Will I be strong enough to support her? What does she need from me right now? My mind was running while my mouth was trying to catch up and find the words to express the support her at that time.

    I also discovered that in this journey I have gone from having very little knowledge about breast cancer to having knowing more than ever which can help, confuse, and be often times frightening. The Internet has a tremendous amount of information available but I still found it helpful to work closely with the doctors and ask them every question I could think of. These discussions have helped us focus our research efforts and stay on the topic. It is almost like looking at it on a step-by-step basis for us to help keep us from getting too far out and getting overwhelmed.

    The encouraging news is that the efforts in early diagnosis and improved treatments have been advancing dramatically. Here is some information:

    The good news published by the American Cancer Society regarding breast cancer is that deaths from breast cancer have been declining since 1990. These decreases are due to early detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment.

    While Breast Cancer awareness, diagnosis and treatment have improved tremendously over the last few years there are some facts that everyone should also be aware of as published by the American Cancer Society

    • 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
    • Estimated 178,480 new cases of breast cancer are expected in 2007
    • Estimated 40,460 deaths are expected in 2007
    • Breast cancer is the most frequent diagnosed cancer in women and ranks 2nd among cancer deaths in women

    The numbers are a bit staggering even with the good news that treatment is getting better and the survival rate is growing. To put it in perspective you or somebody you care about deeply is likely to be affected by breast cancer in your lifetime. As I said earlier, I never thought I would be dealing with anything like this.

    Here are some of the really helpful websites that we have been reading to find information. They all contain great information on many aspects of breast cancer. Many of the organizations listed below raise the money that supports research to find the cure. Others raise money to immediately help people with breast cancer. Please support them any way you can. Remember, every little bit helps.

    The American Cancer Society is great for information on all types of cancer. They have specific categories so that you can find detailed information on breast cancer. This includes health information, statistics and research. They also include information on how to become involved in support groups. There is much more information on this site to assist you in the management of your experience.

    The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s slogan is “help for today and hope for tomorrow”. They raise money for education and to provide mammograms for those who otherwise cannot afford these tests. The site also includes a great amount of innformation for coping with and understanding an initial diagnosis of breast cancer. This organization was founded by Janelle Hale who is a 26 year survivor.

    The Susan G Komen for the Cure was founded on the promise by Nancy Brinker to her dying sister Susan Koman that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. This mission of this organization is simply “One vision – a world without breast cancer”. The site includes valuable breast cancer information, facts, detection and screening information, treatment information, post treatment information, support, therapies, research and resources.

    Breastcancer.org slogan is “your lifeline for the best medical information about breast cancer”. This site contains lots of great information including details on symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and side effects, research news, recovery and renewal, support, and lowering your risk. This site was very informational while being easy to understand.

    We can all help find the cure. It is easy to participate in breast cancer fund raising events that support detection, treatment, and research. Donations to these organizations are always appreciated. There are many fund raising events that take place locally that support the cause. There are even products that you purchase that result in a portion of the proceeds being donated to various organizations.

    We at Allegro Medical have found some great products that are available which result in a portion of the proceeds being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. These donations support breast cancer education and mammogram financial assistance for women that cannot otherwise afford this test.

    Please consider any or all of these great products if this is something that you or someone that you know may need. We are going to continue to look for more manufacturers and suppliers to partner with to raise money that will support the fight against breast cancer.

    Breast cancer and the treatments are unique as the people that are being treated. I have identified products that may be of benefit to those going though treatment. Some products are to help you heal and others are to help you be more comfortable. We will continue to add products to this category as we find new vendors and products. Please feel free to browse our Breast Cancer Awareness Month category on our website.

    I would like to finish this with a personal wish for the very best if you or a loved one is dealing with breast cancer. Remember that you are not alone! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but unfortunately breast cancer doesn’t read the calendar. Remember to support the fight against breast cancer year round.

    Sincerely,

    David Williams,
    Director of Product Management,
    Allegro Medical

    Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be informed.

    If you or your loved ones live in a part of the country prone to the destructive forces of hurricanes, take special care this hurricane season. The National Weather Service and NOAA predict above normal hurricane and tropical storm warnings due to warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in key areas of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

    With as many as 17 named storms expected in the coming months, the shipping department at the Allegro Medical Hurricane Preparedness Center (AMHPC) is now working overtime to ship out emergency preparation kits to homes, schools and government agencies.

    According to the Red Cross, a national survey reports that only seven percent of Americans have taken the three recommended actions to prepare for disaster: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan, and 3) Be informed. That’s why Allegro, along with the Red Cross has joined a nationwide effort during September to promote National Preparedness Month.

    Don’t wait. Order your kits today.

    Basic products needed at a moment’s notice:

    Basic First Aid Kit

    Rescue Blanket

    Waterwise Distiller

    Guardian Medical Alert System

    Handybar 3in 1 Car Aid

    Consider these products. They save lives:

    Rescue Response Bag

    Phillips HeartStart AED Defibrillator

    Fire Blanket

    First Responder Kit

    Make A Plan. Be Informed.

    1) Understand the storm-related hazards that could affect your family. Storm surges, flooding and high wind affect homes differently.
    2) Know the safest locations in your home for each hurricane hazard and remember that the safest location to wait out a storm may not be your home but somewhere else in your community.
    3) Plan escape routs from your house and choose predetermined meeting places. Look for a regrouping point within 10-20 miles from your home.
    4) Choose a friend or family member outside your state as a central point of contact. Use email, blogs, mySpace and voice mail as a way of updating friends and family as storms approach and your safety/evacuation plans.
    5) Decide now how you are going to evacuate pets if the situation worsens.
    6) Post emergency phone numbers for police, fire and paramedics near your telephone. Ensure that children know when to call 911.
    7) Evaluate your home owner’s insurance for flood damage. Most policies do not include flood damage coverage.
    8) Stock non-perishable food, canned goods and store plenty of water.
    9) Learn First Aid and CPR and take disaster preparedness classes.
    10) Keep a NOAA weather radio and emergency preparation products in your home and car.

    0 908

    Cold and Flu Season

    It’s coming, and we all need to be prepared with the proper medical supplies and medical equipment. Seasonal colds and flu can start as early as October and last all the way to spring. There are a few things you can do to stay healthy, and to keep your home flu-free:

    1. Wash your hands. We pick up germs through everything we touch, so wash them well and often, and try to avoid touching things in public places as much as possible.
    2. Colds and viruses are passed most commonly through the hands, and through rubbing the eyes, nose and mouth. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean. Avoid physical contact (including handshakes) with people who are sick.
    3. Keep your home clean. Be sure to clean surfaces like doorknobs, handles and stairway handrails.
    4. Eat well. Having a well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will boost your immune system.
    5. Exercise is a huge part of overall health, and will help your immune system fight illness.
    6. Take supplements. Vitamin C and Zinc are known to fight cold and flu.
    7. Consider getting a flu shot. The shot is our best weapon against the flu, so talk to your doctor about it for this season.
    8. Lower the stress, increase the sleep. Staying rested and relaxed are going to lower cold and flu’s chances of getting you this season.
    Also, you can help prevent the spread of illnesses by staying home if you are sick. If you have to go out, try to keep from spreading germs in public places by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about this or any other information regarding your health.


    Tip: Gargling can moisten a sore throat and relieve the pain temporarily. Gargle a teaspoon of salt dissolved in ½ cup of warm water several times a day. Warm liquids like herbal tea and hot water with lemon and honey feel good on the throat and can loosen up congestion.


    Stock up on everything you need to go to battle with colds and flu this season. Allegro has every type of vitamin C you can imagine, including 250, 500 and 1000 milligram tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquid and drink mix for fast absorption. And, get your zinc here! Zinc is found to assist the immune system in fighting off illness. And for cardiovascular health, make garlic supplements a part of your diet. Echinacea is an herbal supplement that can stimulate immune system responses. It is also thought that the combination of echinacea and goldenseal can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the duration of the flu and the common cold. A good multi-vitamin can give your body’s defenses the kick they need to ward off colds. Stock up on herbs and vitamins this cold and flu season for less at Allegro.


    Keep the air in your home clean and pure with an air purifier. Choose from several manufacturers offering filter based and ionic purifying, for many room sizes. Cleans smoke, pet dander, dust and even bacteria from the air.


    When the weather turns cold and we turn on the heat in our homes, the dry air can affect our health. To prevent dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, sore throat and even sinus headaches, a humidifier adds much needed moisture to the air. You can also go for a humidifier and ionic purifier all in one!


    And, keep hand sanitizers handy, to kill the germs and bacteria that spread cold and flu.


    If the flu does catch you, sooth your aches and pains with a heat wrap. Allegro has every type of heat wrap you can imagine. Try a wrap filled with wheat that is heated in the microwave for natural, powerful pain management. The wheat filling conforms to your body shape. Comes in wraps for your back, neck, eyes and even your feet! Or, moist heat packs have been the chosen treatment for thousands of doctors for years! Moist heat penetrates deep into tissues to relieve soreness, and make aching muscles feel better. Comes in several shapes and sizes for different parts of the body.


    And, for the latest in pain relief, Light Relief Infrared Therapy offers another drug-free alternative. Infrared light therapy works by emitting energy in the infrared spectrum to provide temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, to relieve stiffness, relax muscle tissue and temporarily increase local blood circulation.


    Keep an eye on illness with a new thermometer. Choose from ear, underarm, oral, rectal and disposable thermometers with digital or standard display. Take your baby’s temperature the easy way, with a pacifier thermometer. It only takes a minute and a half, and even beeps when the fever is high.


    For flu symptoms and painful congestion, pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can help.


    Stuck in bed? Make yourself comfortable! A heating pad will help ease achy muscles. Or, a new specialty pillow may be just what you need. Allegro has contour pillows, the latest in head and neck positioners, and cervical pillows. And, to chill out a fever and bring relief to your achy head, try the Chillow Pillow. Activate it once and it brings a fluid-cool sensation every time you lay on it. You will not know how you got along without your Chillow Pillow.


    Avoid midnight trips to the store this cold and flu season. Stock up on everything you need to make your family healthy and happy, right here at Allegro.

    4,028FansLike
    1,114FollowersFollow